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What Do We Produce For?

It is in our nature. We have a need to produce stuff. It does not seem to matter what it is that we produce, the important part is producing something. The judgement of others, or even our own judgement, is the reason why what we produce gets to be important, and how good the result is, leaving aside the process more often than we should.

In a world with so many talented people, high expectations freeze people. They stop people from getting a pen. And just because they know somebody else has, will, or is doing something better than them, somewhere else. But that is wrong. If you did not even try, how are you so sure your stuff is not better? Or, does it even matter if it is? I don’t believe so.

What you are willing to produce may have been done before, but your personality will always add a bit of originality to anything you do.

Frustration, though, comes due to the fake need to produce more and more, caused by our era, the digital. The Internet moves so quickly that when you clarify your concept, someone else has already funded the idea on Kickstarter.

The key: understanding there isn’t such a need to produce more and faster, but to produce wiser and better.

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Living Today or Tomorrow

The concept of the new rich was coined by David Moore's book, and also explained by Tim Ferris in his book The 4-hour Work Week, as a response to the way many people configure their lifes nowadays. It defines a new kind of rich person — one that has enough money to do what she planned, but no more than necessary.

It also means that the person has built around her life some kind of framework in order to keep things going. Just the amount needed in case things go wrong.

This person knows that life is to be enjoyed today — not tomorrow — and believes in money as a mean of being able to achieve things today, as-we-go, and not to lie in a tomb whenever we die with gold, useless belongins, and other stuff accumulated over the years.

Of course, living today is risky; the 'amount needed’ to be out of danger will never be clear; and the safe zone is a comfortable one. But it seems like it is worth it, because, who can assure you will be able to enjoy tomorrow?

Amazon to Deliver with Drones

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently approved a plan that gives Amazon a green light to test their Amazon Prime Air delivery service — developed to ship packages [under 2,25 kilograms] using drones.

After numerous complaints and warnings about the plans presented by Amazon back in 2013, the FAA established a series of rules and regulations for Amazon to test the viability of their intended services:

Under the provisions of the certificate, all flight operations must be conducted at 400 feet [120 meters] or below during daylight hours in visual meteorological conditions. The UAS must always remain within visual line-of-sight of the pilot and observer. The pilot actually flying the aircraft must have at least a private pilot’s certificate and current medical certification.

The video in the top shows an example of how the delivery service would work — a service that, as Amazon argues, would be extremely useful for shippings to close areas and deliveries to inaccessible locations.

For those who have doubts about this new technology, Amazon provided a Q&A sections on their Amazon Prime Air marketing site:

Q: Is this science fiction or is this real?

A: It looks like science fiction, but it's real. One day, seeing Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road.

Q: When will I be able to choose Prime Air as a delivery option?

A: We will deploy when and where we have the regulatory support needed to realize our vision. We’re excited about this technology and one day using it to deliver packages to customers around the world in 30 minutes or less.

Q: How are you going to ensure safety?

A: Safety is our top priority, and our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies.

Q: What will the Prime Air delivery vehicles look like?

A: It is too soon to tell. We are testing many different vehicle components, designs and configurations.

Q: Where are you building and testing?

A: We have Prime Air development centers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel, and we are testing in multiple international locations.

Sources | NYTimes | PopularScience

Scripting in Rhino Python: Switching Units

Following up with the Scripting In Rhino Python series of articles, here is a useful snippet of code that automates switching units on a Rhino document.

This script basically switches the units of the current document between meters and millimeters. The important function is rs.UnitSystem(), which returns the current unit measure — or sets it if we give parameters to the function.

import rhinoscriptsyntax as rs

if rs.UnitSystem() == 2:
    # Current unit is mm, Switch to m
    rs.UnitSystem(4, False, True)
else:
    # Current unit is m, switch to mm
    rs.UnitSystem(2, False, True)

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